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Christmas and Christmas presents.

This pleasant anniversary, the festival of Santa Claus and the juveniles, the period of eggnogs drinking and of universal hilarity, is once more at hand. Never before have more ample preparations been made for its appropriate celebration. Notwithstanding the desolating interlude of four years of war, we hear of ladies from the country making purchases of large quantities of raisins and other ingredients for fruit cake and plumb pudding, while many a housekeeper in Richmond has given an order to the butcher for a "spiced round," or to the poultry man for a turkey of the largest dimensions. The shopkeepers and merchants vie with each other in spreading before their customers goods of the most tempting and elegant descriptions. Jewelry, new dresses, work-boxes, and all the miscellaneous paraphernalia required by ladies; pop-crackers, rockets and confectionery, with games and toys of every kind for the juveniles; and magnificently-bound books for all who have a literary taste, may be found every-where, and in order to discover, without any trouble, where they are for sale, we advise a perusal of the advertising columns of this paper. Notwithstanding the stringency in the money market, we expect that Santa. Claus and Kriss Kingle will have a merry anniversary on Monday next.

Our merchants have provided themselves with ample stocks of articles that are beautiful and seasonable. Not withstanding the troubles and the hardness of the times, there never was a more extensive or recherche stock of Christmas goods in the city.

As a sort of guide to the reader for things appropriate and seasonable to the occasion, we present below a brief directory of the establishments whose notices appear in the columns of the Dispatch:

D. Sodini & Co., Main street, under the Spotswood Hotel, display a large and well- selected stock of cakes, fruits, candies, cordials, wines, fire-works, etc. For abundance and variety, this establishment is very attractive.

G. B. Stacy & Son, 110 Main street, have children's carriages and baby-jumpers, as well as a fine assortment of furniture.

Hall & Hutchison, No. 7 Fourteenth street, between Main and Cary, have a large assortment of collars, &c., at wholesale.

Styll & Davis, Franklin street, three doors below Fifteenth, have choice wines and liquors. They import their liquors, though they keep a Styll themselves.

At No. 43 Main street, Julius Kracker has some cracking fine pants, and overcoats, and full suits.

Robert Reid, Sixth street, near Clay, formerly Verandah Hotel, has oysters, game of all kinds. And what is Christmas without these?

W. R. Polk, 173 Broad street, corner of Sixth, has the finest silks and dress patterns in the city, and at a low price.

Jesse J. Underhill, Seventh street, between Main and Franklin, agent for Boston paper-collar and cuff manufactory.

John Blair, No. 58 Main street, has fine family groceries brandies, wines and whisky. The latter, mixed with eggs and sugar, produce a well-known Christmas beverage.

B. Catogni, No. 51 Main street, has figs, raisins, citron, Christmas toys and fire-works. This is the place for Santa Claus to get the worth of his money.

Darby & Gentry, north side Main, between Ninth and Tenth streets, has ladies' and misses' boots and shoes of the latest styles.--Ladies, go put your, feet in them.

J. B. Wood, Marshall and Fifth streets, has perfumery, and hair tonies that will make the hair grow on an old hair trunk.

Charles L. Todd, corner Sixth and Clay, has wine, rum, brandy and whiskies. Good things to have about the house Christmas times.

Zimmer & Co., No. 17 Main street, have all kinds of confectionery, foreign and domestic fruits. These are the things to top off a Christmas dinner with.

Woodhouse & Parham, Governor street, opposite Dispatch office, have photographic albums, bibles, prayer and hymn books, and elegant editions of the poets. All new, and an elegant assortment.

A. H. Christian &Co. have a beautiful collection of Christmas books and presents, juvenile books, dressing cases, port-folios, &c.

A. Samuels, over Pizzini's, on Broad street, has a handsome and well-selected assortment of ladies' cloaks and furs. Any article among which will be acceptable as a Christmas gift.

Frederick T. Andrews, on Sixth street, near Clay, offers for sale house-furnishing goods for the old people, and a large stock of dolls for girls, and toys for the boys.

John Dooley, one of the oldest and best-known dealers in the city, has opened a store at No. 239 Main street, under the Sponwood Hotel. He has a splendid stock of ladies' furs, and hats and caps of the most fashionable styles for ladies and gentlemen.

Messrs. Bidgood & Riley, at the iron-front building, on Thirteenth, between Main and Franklin streets, offer to the boys and girls a most beautiful assortment of plain and colored toy books, illustrated juvenile productions, and elegantly-bound works of the standard poets and authors for grown-up people.

Sizer &Briggs, on Broad street, near the Central depot, propose to furnish their customers with the essential elements of a Christmas dinner. With this object in view, they have laid in a stock of dressed fowls, butter, eggs, apples, &c., to which we invite the attention of our readers. Mr. Briggs lost a leg in the Confederate service, and Mr. Sizer has been for a long time connected with the Central railroad.

E. P. Townsend, at No. 102 Main street, has a large and well-selected assortment of chessboards and men handsome bibles and prayer books, photographic albums, writing desks and work boxes, suitable for both ladies and gentlemen.

J. W. Davies & Sons are the proprietors of the Musical Exchange, on Main, near Tenth street. They have, beyond a doubt, the finest stock of printed music in the South, with a large number of fine-toned places and cabinet and parlor organs. Their store is decorated with paintings by the most distinguished artists, and we recommend a call upon them by every person of literary, musical or artistic taste.

This notice will be continued to-morrow morning of such advertisements as are brought in to-day for theDispatch.

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